Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Furue claim he matched the bones to the missing person list?

2. What fact does Baden point to that makes him believe Miriam Weinfeld was not raped?

3. What causes the skin and blood of a victim to turn cherry-pink?

4. Why are many exotic poisons difficult to detect during autopsy?

5. What are characteristics of an alcoholic's liver?

Short Essay Questions

1. List the three tests used to determine how long someone has been dead, and mention what they are.

2. Describe briefly the position of coroner during the reign of King Richard I.

3. Explain how Carl Cappolino killed William E. Farber.

4. Explain why, from the beginning, Baden believed the police had the wrong time of death for Gail Morris.

5. Explain Ondine's syndrome.

6. Describe why Baden notes the conspiracy theorists' use of the head movement of Kennedy after his shooting leads to unreliable conclusions.

7. Explain why Baden chose forensic medicine as his profession.

8. Describe how Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Hess were killed by the other inmates.

9. What happened to much of the evidence in the Kennedy assassination case, and what does Baden believe occurred?

10. Explain how ricin came into fame in 1978.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are several cases in the book where individuals take part in the death of another person, but are determined to be innocent of wrongdoing. These cases include the case of Daphne Mellon, the doctor and nurse in Chapter 10, and the Sutton Place banker, Robert. Choose one of these cases, and discuss the following:

1.) What was the cause of death for the victim?

2.) What were the circumstances surrounding their death?

3.) Why was no one convicted of their murder?

4.) Do you think that the person(s) involved in the victim's death should have been brought to trial? Why or why not? What is the difference between your chosen case, and the case of Cathy Smith, who served time for giving John Belushi his last drug injection? Why was she brought to justice, but the people in your chosen case were not? What does this say about the current system?

Be sure to go into specific detail about why these deaths were considered accidents, even though someone else was present, or contributed to the death.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 4, Baden discusses the history of the office of the medical examiner. In detail, discuss this history. How did the position begin in the reign of King Richard I? What was the position like by the eighteenth century? What event began to change the view of this position, according to Scotland Yard? What began to happen by the French Revolution? How was the position seen in the colonies? What was the view of the ME by the early nineteenth century? What is the current view? Be sure to list details from the book in your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

In the Mary Beth Tinning case, nine children died before someone thought to question the parents of the children. MEs, hospital staff, neighbors, friends, social services, and others all had the same information, but refused to question the situation.

Part 1.) Explain the circumstances that allowed this tragedy to unfold.

Part 2.) Discuss the SIDS diagnosis, in terms of why it is seldom questioned.

Part 3.) Write a brief opinion statement, noting whether you believe the system is partially responsible for these deaths, and why.

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